Columns

Roach: I want to be bored silly

After much thinking, musing and pondering, I have come to the realization that I want just one thing from our next commander in chief: I want to be bored.

Well, it’s nearly time to vote. And there’s no better time to decide what I want from our next president over the next four years.

Late boxer to be inducted into UW Athletic Hall of Fame

Doug Moe remembers (and apologizes to) Dick Bartman

For winning an individual NCAA title in 1956 as a 139-pound boxer for the Badgers, Dick Bartman is one of the 11-member 2020 class of inductees into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. A virtual induction ceremony is planned for mid to late October.

Editor's note: Thanks, Neil

"He’s a man of resounding awareness, both of himself and the world around him."

"He’s a man of resounding awareness, both of himself and the world around him."

Neil Heinen's career in words

Heinen retires Sept. 15 after 20 years working with the magazine.

This marks Neil Heinen's final “For the Record” column, capping 20 years of monthly column writing for Madison Magazine.

UW-Madison professor seizes a virtual teaching opportunity

Design studies professor Wei Dong turns home basement into a teaching studio.

Wei Dong is a distinguished professor of design studies in the School of Human Ecology and a global ambassador who annually leads UW-Madison student groups on trips to China.

Heinen: We need to talk

Editorial director Neil Heinen mourns the loss of interpersonal interaction.

"One of the many difficult and vexing ramifications of living in a pandemic is the forced separation from one another. But the truth is we’ve been moving further apart for awhile now."

Roach: Dumb and Dumber

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

"I wonder daily when and how we became so profoundly stupid."

Editor's Note: Distraction from the pandemic

As we approach the six-month mark of a pandemic no one thought would take us this long to outsmart, we’ve also been in search of new distractions.

As we approach the six-month mark of a pandemic no one thought would take us this long to outsmart, we’ve also been in search of new distractions.

Are we really missing the 'drama' of an in-person convention anyway?

Other than a memorable run-in with Don King and Rudy Giuliani at a past convention, WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross won't miss much about an in-person event as the DNC goes digital this year.

Other than a memorable run-in with Don King and Rudy Giuliani at a past convention, WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross won't miss much about an in-person event as the DNC goes digital this year.

Trivia contest lands Madison man in favorite author’s next novel

Jason Horowitz also wins chat with novelist David Mitchell

Jason Horowitz’s prize for winning the trivia contest is having his name given to a character in English author David Mitchell’s next novel. But the real prize was getting 10 minutes to chat by Zoom one-on-one with Mitchell.

West High sign hopes to honor past, inspire future

Student Oakland Steingass is raising money for a new school sign.

By last week Oak Steingass had raised $2,600 of the $3,500 needed for a new Madison West High School sign and established a GoFundMe page to help him cross the finish line.

Singer-songwriter Sam Ness on the road again

Sauk City native nominated for eight MAMA Awards.

Sam Ness chose the road over college musical theater scholarship offers. He travels with a guitar and little else, and has accrued a deep well of colorful stories.

Saved by the Laurel Tavern’s fish fry

A decades-old tradition the author looks forward to all week.

Anyone with a sense of Madison and Wisconsin history should appreciate both fish fries and the Laurel Tavern.

Editor's Note: Forever Changed

The tornadic path left by COVID-19 in particular has many saying “things will never be the same.”

Once a month I walk down the dark hallway of Madison Magazine’s empty office to pick up the latest copy of the magazine, check my messages and empty my mailbox.

Odom: Beat No. 49

Wisconsin has been named the worst state in which to be Black due to “lock’em up” incarceration rates.

Experience teaches that protests cannot persist forever. The challenge will be to determine when to swap demonstrations for negotiations.

From Waunakee, a Caribbean caper

Davin Goodwin sees publication of his first novel.

Davin Goodwin has just published his first novel, “Diver’s Paradise,” set on the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

Wisconsin true crime documentary in the works

Doug Moe recalls covering 1979 murder case for Madison Magazine.

A national video crew was in Madison last week conducting interviews for an upcoming true crime documentary series. My two-hour Skype interview with them plunged me back into a story that decades ago an investigator told me included “the most patently bizarre, absolutely incredible set of circumstances you’d ever want to see.”

A gripping first novel from Innocence Project’s Steven Wright

‘The Coyotes of Carthage’ draws on UW law professor’s experience.

Steven Wright’s first novel, “The Coyotes of Carthage,” is informed by the five years the author spent doing voting rights litigation for the United States Department of Justice.

Roach: Shelter from the storm

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

In times of turmoil, it is difficult to see the full story. But then it hits you: The chaos is the story.

Why we're capitalizing the B in Black

National Association of Black Journalists updates its style guide, and we are, too.

National Association of Black Journalists updates its style guide, and we are, too.